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Lady ‘Jackets fall short against Big Sky

The Stevensville Lady Yellowjackets took on Class AA Sentinel on Thursday in Stevensville. Stevensville is struggling to find a consistent scoring leader and had trouble finding the basket against the taller Missoula team. The Lady ‘Jackets are a scrappy team and much like the insect they are named for, tenacious against their opponents. However a lack of size in the middle and low shooting percentages have plagued the team.

Katie Malachinski is a scrapper in the middle and does grab some nice rebounds. Carly Vercruyssen is the general on the floor and runs the offense. She’s quick and can shoot a long ball. Carly Sebastian brings speed and outside shooting as well. What Kayla Peterson lacks in height in the middle, she makes up for in strength and determination. These players are the core of the team. Peterson finished the night against Sentinel with 11 points.

Big Sky 54, Stevensville 32

Big Sky – Dani Baker 16, Sidney Davis 8, Anna Gragg 7, Kendra Joyce 6, Maddy Shaide 5, McKenna Arledge 2, Kenzie Hanson 3, Morgan Johnson 2, Kendall Mooney 5.

Stevensville – Katie Malachinski 7, Carly Vercruyssen 7, Carly Sebastian 5, Kayla Peterson 11, Maddie Boesch 2.

Saturday, the Lady Yellowjackets took on Butte Central in Butte. Stevi got off to a slow start and never recovered in the conference game, losing 58-28. Peterson again had 11 points to lead the team.

Butte Central 58, Stevensville 28

Stevensville – Carly Vercruyssen 6, Carly Sebastian 9, Kayla Peterson 11, Maddie Boesch 2.

Butte Central – Chandra McCurdy 7, Teresa Piazzola 5, Shelby Paffhausen 15, Sierra Pica 3, Emily St. John 6, Mollie Peoples 9, Ryan Trudnowski 13.

Corvallis took on the tough Sentinel team on Friday. Once again the Spartans jumped out to an early lead and went on to win, 66-20. The Missoula school has two players that will play Division 1 basketball next year. Olivia Roberts has signed to play at Wyoming and Maddie Keast will play for the Lady Griz.

Corvallis was led by Courtney Albright’s seven points.

Sentinel 66, Corvallis 20

Corvallis – Jessica Lewis 2, Corinne Sanderson 4, Chelsi Clarke 3, Gabbi Bierer 2, Jane Booth 2, Courtney Albright 7.

Sentinel – Haley Rogers 8, Syd Steele 3, Jill Madsen 2, Maddie Keast 23, Jess Henning 5, Lexi Steele 6, Shannon Worster 3, Olivia Roberts 8, Sam Harper 6, Emily Beach 2.

On Saturday, Hamilton was host to Sentinel and once again, a strong first quarter set the tone for Sentinel. The Spartans outscored the Lady Broncs, 16-3, in the first quarter and went on to win, 57-34. Taylor Goligoski finished with 17 points including a trey. Bri Huggans and Kloie Nye also scored a bucket from beyond the arc.

Sentinel 57, Hamilton 34

Sentinel – Rogers 5, Madsen 3, Keast 6, Steele 1, Worster 4, Roberts 13, Harper 23, Beach 2.

Hamilton – Taylor Goligoski 17, Kloie Nye 3, Kali Hayes 3, Bri Huggans 3, Sami Kratofil 8.

Florence took on Ronan in 6B action. The Lady Falcons edged ahead at the half by five and then held on to take a 41-36 win. Nikki Schurg finished with 10 points to lead Florence who moved to 3-2 in conference play.

Florence 41, Ronan 36

Florence– Megan Byrne 8, Nikki Schurg 10, Hailey Huot 2, Carli O’Brien 6, Chloe Arthur 4, Margaret Finley 2, Kourtney Kohlman 2.

Ronan – Angela North Piegan 5, Raymi Clairmont 11, Aspen Jore 8, Alaina Madsen 2, Laurel Rigby 3, Hailey O’Hern 4, Malia Hamel.

Florence played Thompson Falls on Saturday. Thompson Falls jumped out to a nine point lead at the end of the first quarter and held a five point lead at the end of the first half. But then Florence went to town and took the lead. They went on to win, 63-58. Carli O’Brian and Megan Kowalski each had 17 points and Megan Byrne added 13 more.

Florence 63, Thompson Falls 58

Thompson Falls – Madi Wheeler 2, Shey Hannum 9, Erica Sorlie 5, Madi Fitchett 3, Angela Padden 2, Gillian Nelson 2, Autrey Hannum 18, Logan Beckman 17.

Florence – Megan Byrne 13, Kourtney Kohlman 1, Nikki Schurg 5, Hailey Huot 1, Carli O’Brien 17, Megan Kowalski 17, Chloe Arthur 4, Margaret Finley 5.

The Lady Tigers of Darby picked up a couple of wins over the weekend. First on the docket was the Lady Lynx of Lincoln. The two teams were only separated by one point at the end of the first quarter but then Darby got busy and scored 17 points while holding Lincoln to only four in the second quarter. They built upon that in the third, knocking down 21 points while allowing only three for Lincoln. The Lady Tigers went on to win, 54-26.

Lacey Dolcater led the scoring with 15 points and Keely Ehmann had 10 points.

Darby 54, Lincoln 26

Lincoln– Abby Castagne 1, Jerilyn Dietz 4, Cailey DenBoer 8, Angela Crier 2, Abby Erickson 11.

Darby – Tori Johnston 1, Breanna Brickey 5, Keely Ehmann 10, Lilly Lang 4, Seanna Abrahamson 4, Lacey Dolcater 15, Lauren Dolcater 6, Siri Nojd 2, Sidney Bergren 4, Sarai McCollaum 3.

Saturday, the Lady Tigers took on rival Victor in Darby. Victor was without one of their starters, Ryanne Tracy, who was at the National High School Rodeo Convention in West Virginia.

Darby jumped out to an early lead and built upon that in the third quarter when they scored 22 points while holding Victor to only six points. They went on to win, 58-39. Lacey Dolcater finished with 19 and Ehmann added 16 more. Sarai McCollaum was also in double figures with 10 points.

Freshman Payton Tillotson had 15 points to lead Victor’s scoring.

Victor – Carly Jean Conley 5, Skye Mitcham 10, Haley Tillotson 9, Payton Tillotson 15.

Darby – Keely Ehmann 16, Lacey Dolcater 19, Lauren Dolcater 7, Siri Nojd 6, Sarai McCollaum 10.

Victor played Drummond on Friday night. The Lady Pirates were unable to muscle their way around the Lady Trojans who are a physical, shooting team. The Lady Pirates lost, 68-21. Haley Tillotson led the scoring for Victor with 14 points. They now have a record of 3-6 in conference play and 4-8 overall.

Drummond 68, Victor 21

Drummond– Sabrina Shows 6, Addison Schindler 2, Claire Fickler 2, Alexys Bryant 6, Krissy Paske 13, Audrie Parke 5, Paige Fickler 23, Frankie Bignell 5, Samantha Henderson 6.

Victor – Carly Jean Conley 2, Skye Mitcham 3, Haley Tillotson 14, Payton Tillotson 2.

Stevensville's Carly Sebastian makes a move toward the basket  against Big Sky. Jean Schurman photo

Stevensville’s Carly Sebastian makes a move toward the basket against Big Sky. Jean Schurman photo

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